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What can I do if my SSD benefits are stopped?

When a Floridian applies for Social Security disability benefits, one of the biggest concerns is that they will be denied. Once they have received an approval, their worries are largely behind them. However, it must be remembered that it is possible that the SSD benefits can be stopped for a variety of reasons. But. there are options available when the benefits have been stopped.

If the Social Security Administration decides that a claimant is no longer disabled, the beneficiary can appeal the decision. The SSA will then look at the decision and determine whether the benefits were stopped wrongly. The claimant has 60 days to file an appeal after the SSA stop benefits. The time frame will begin after the letter informing the claimant received notification that their benefits are stopping. If the 60 day period has passed without an appeal, informing the SSA why the appeal was filed late might allow a claimant to appeal the decision anyway.

If the appeal is filed within 10 days of receiving the letter, it is also possible to request that the SSA continue providing benefits while a decision is made. The request can be made that the payments continue during reconsideration and the hearing. If the appeal is denied and payments were made while it was in progress, then some or all of the money might have to be paid back. If, however, the claimant cooperated with the SSA during the appeal and it was found that the money was needed for living expenses, the money will not have to be paid back.

Some claimants choose to file a new application. That is different from an appeal. It must be remembered that with a new application, some benefits might be lost or the claimant might not meet the requirements to qualify for them. When reapplying, the reason that the benefits were stopped could be used to deny the new application.

There are four levels of appeal including reconsideration, hearing, going to the Appeals Council and filing for review in federal court. Those who have been receiving disability benefits that were stopped have the right to appeal. Discussing the matter with a lawyer can help with the process.

Source: SSA.gov, "Your Right To Question The Decision To Stop Your Disability Benefits," accessed on Sept. 1, 2015

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